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Viola Grace


Viola Grace (aka Zenina Masters) is a Canadian sci-fi/paranormal romance writer with ambitions to keep writing for the rest of her life. She specializes in short stories because the thrill of discovery, of all those firsts, is what keeps her writing.

An artist who enjoys a story that catches you up, whirls you around and sets you down with a smile on your face is all she endeavours to be. She prefers to leave the drama to those who are better suited to it, she always goes for the cheap laugh.

Listening to readers has gotten her this far, and with her 300th short story looming before the end of 2014, she will continue to listen in the future.

Email : viola@violagrace.com

Website : http://www.violagrace.com

Finite

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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Dreaming of the perfect man takes a strange turn when she is forced to bring him to life.   Cera enjo...
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Dreaming of the perfect man takes a strange turn when she is forced to bring him to life.
 
Cera enjoys acting as a dispatcher for the Guardians. When five strangers come to her, brandishing an imperial writ that demands her transfer to Haloth, she is taken aback. When they transport her there without any kind of vehicle, she suspects that she is in a less-than-usual situation, and when she is handed over to wake an energy being, she knows it.
Renn has come to physical form over a hundred times, called by a hundred different women. When Cera calls him, there is something new. She knows what she finds attractive, but gives him enough leeway to add a few bonuses of his own to his appearance.
Between her mind and his body, they are going to make a helluva team.
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Fire Dance

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Tales of the Citadel #9
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Her element is fire, her mind is missing memories and a dream master is her keeper. Hahvi’s dance will resha...

The man that greeted her was made of stone or so it appeared. He wore a tight bodysuit with a flowing robe over it, looking attractive and formal at the same time.

“Hahvi Karuda?”

She inclined her head. “I am.”

“Are you an elemental?”

“I suppose. I have an affinity for the heat of the ground beneath my feet.” She smiled, and her stomach fluttered. If she wasn’t what he needed, he might not take her along.

“You can call lava?”

“I can.” She remembered her audience. “I could. I did.”

“Then you are the one we need.” He nodded sharply, and the guard to his left lowered his weapon.

It seemed peculiar that they were taking orders from this dark grey alien with solid black eyes and hair a few shades lighter than his skin, but Hahvi didn’t complain when he shepherded her out and to a shuttle.

Haloor’s warning had given her time to adjust to the idea of leaving the dome, but she still kept looking back toward the city of Dathim and her people trapped within.

With a deep breath, she faced the shuttle and climbed inside, acknowledging that she couldn’t help her people yet, but there might be a way, one day.


 

Her element is fire, her mind is missing memories and a dream master is her keeper. Hahvi’s dance will reshape a world.


Hahvi has spent eight years in the dome with other physical talents. Her body is wrapped in a restrictor suit, but she keeps her mind free to dream of possibilities. She is given to the Citadel, and when she meets the dream master, her world and her options shift dramatically.

Rackon dreamed of a woman wreathed in flame, dancing across lava. This was the woman his people needed to help them save their city and the last of their civilization. Research pointed to Resicor, and after severe negotiations, she is handed over to them so that they can take on the trouble of her maintenance.

Released from the restriction, she is free to use her talent for the first time in her life, unfortunately, she has to pick her outlet carefully or she could kill them all.
 
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Fire Wolf

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Cafe Nowhere #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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Where it all Started is where it began...this is where it ends. What comes between is coming soon... An elemen...
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Where it all Started is where it began...this is where it ends. What comes between is coming soon...
An elemental sold to the highest bidder finds love and death chasing her and she is tired of running.
 
Hailey has been ignored by her grandfather and his pack until it suits him to sell her to the highest bidder. On the run from her new owner, Hailey hides at Café Nowhere where dark and light collide.
Choosing the heat of an alpha over the cold embrace of eternity, Hailey has to fight with everything in her, even if her fire wolf looks funny.
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Flame

Written By: Viola Grace, Gabriella Bradley
Published By: Extasy Books
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Flame has become what she wanted to be, successful as an erotica writer. But now what she has chosen to become wil...
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Flame has become what she wanted to be, successful as an erotica writer. But now what she has chosen to become will be twisted by what she has been in a previous life, when the men who shaped her past merge with her present. Set in a fairytale Germanic castle, Flame's life and loves are going to take sudden twists and turns that leave her gasping. Should she choose the life she knows, or the past and the men she has forgotten?
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Flicker

Written By: Viola Grace
Published By: Extasy Books
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A lot of us wish we could just disappear, but Seval can actually do it. She is an Alliance bodyguard teamed with a...
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A lot of us wish we could just disappear, but Seval can actually do it. She is an Alliance bodyguard teamed with an Azon partner (see Arena Station for detail on the Azon). When her partner attracts the notice of a ruthless Ambassador, Seval needs to decide whether an invisible life is worth protecting without the love of the man she respects.
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Flight and Fantasy

Written By: Viola Grace
Published By: Extasy Books
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Wingless Annanya has been working on a flight suit for the grand exhibition, but meeting a handsome prince throws...
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Wingless Annanya has been working on a flight suit for the grand exhibition, but meeting a handsome prince throws a wrench into the works. Can a woman raised amongst a species with wings ever find true happiness with a man who can soar when she can't? Hell yeah.
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Fractured Darkness

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Tales of the Citadel #36
Published By: Devine Destinies
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A woman out of time lands on a world that has potential to become a weapon for the future. Noma feels the pai...

Noma fought to stand up. Her body was flat on the ground and her skin burned with energy. She hadn’t gotten the mind of Resicor, but it had split the power between the two of them.

Resicor, you trust me with all this?

There is no one else beyond my Avatar that I feel needs or deserves this more.

I know you have briefed me on what I need to do, but I am not sure I am up to it.

I am. I will watch over your sister, so do not worry. You will do what you are destined to do and you will flourish. I have already seen it.

On the other side of the cavern, Trala was stirring, her light flaring in short bursts.

Trala stood and looked around the cavern. The world was bright and vivid through her eyes.

This feels better. How are you adapting, Trala?

Noma could hear them both as if they were whispering into her ears.

I feel fine, Resicor. Where is Noma?

Noma began to stride across the cavern now that she was standing, her shoulders back. I am here, Trala. We are one.

Resicor was filled with joy. We are one, and soon, Noma will be where she was always meant to be and Trala will take control of the surface.

Sorrow ran through their link, and the sisters took each other’s hands or, rather, they tried to.

Sparks flew the moment that they touched.

What the hell? Noma heard her sister echo her thought.

You are night, she is day; there can only be transition between you.

Noma looked to her twin and saw her own sadness reflected in eyes that swirled with brilliant blue.

Their thoughts merged and clung together. If they couldn’t hug in person, they would hug in their thoughts.

I have prepared the portal, Noma. It is there whenever you are ready.

What of our connection? Can I still talk to Trala?

It will be faint, but you will hear her. I would never separate my two most beloved daughters. I will be the link between you, sunset and dawn.

Noma felt the flare of power, and she turned to look at the black silk wall rippling with energy.

It is not for you, Trala.

Noma came up next to her, and she felt the tug through the portal as if there was a hand on hers. “It is for me. I can feel it calling me. What is on the other side?”

The beginning. You are going back to the beginning, and you will know what to do once you get there.

Noma turned to Trala, gritted her teeth and hugged her sister while the energy fought them. It crackled and burned both of them, but they held on as tight as they could until the power of the repulsion of their talents drove them apart.

That was…you are crying!

Noma smiled sadly. “Of course I am crying; I am going to be parted from Trala for the first time in my life.”

Trala sniffled and wiped at her tears. “I am going to miss you, Noma. My heart will bleed.”

“And my soul is broken, but we will both go on. I will start fresh and you will take over. We will go on.” Noma smiled and backed toward the portal; a moment later, she turned and stepped into her future.

 

A woman out of time lands on a world that has potential to become a weapon for the future.

Noma feels the pain of separation from her sister keenly, but the light that she stumbles across belongs to a man with beautiful eyes.

In a city of the rejected, she finds a purpose, and in the investigation of her destiny, she takes people with her out of the shadows and into the light.

The Citadel takes shape under her focus, and when it comes time for their first actions, her training on Resicor is used to help the talents that it had kept under control. It goes to show that education is never a waste.
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Freak Factor

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Sector Guard #1
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Living life on Kaddaka station was predictable and profitable. Mala's talent for undetectable repairs has made...

Taking off her EVA suit was a lot easier than putting it on. Boots first, then helmet and finally, she unsealed the baggy thing. She stumbled free and stretched just as the hatch opened to reveal the occupants of the ship.

"Holy mother of stars," Mala whispered it as quietly as she could, but there was no getting around the fact that the male Selna was one of the most attractive things she had ever seen. She shook her head, of course he was. All Selna put out pheromones causing compatible races to want to mate. Mala's mixed bloodline was no exception.

She stayed out of their way and merely nodded to the pilot as she passed. It was easy to determine that she was the controller for the ship. The ports in her wrists gave it away. The pilot looked with a smile between Mala and Isabi. Apparently, Mala should have been writhing on the floor in front of the Selna. That just wasn't her style.

Her repair crew helped her look busy as the occupants made the long walk to the end of the repair bay and they waited until the Selna and pilot were out the door. The instant that the coast was clear, Mala stripped off her gloves and ran her hands over the hull. The minor and major damage caused by the blasts ceased to exist at her touch, the metal joining, sealing and healing under her fingers.

This was why she made the credits that she did. The money was compensation for the perfect repairs that she was capable of. It was her one skill, this repair talent, her freak factor when it came to blending in with other techs.

She moved slowly along the ship, inch by inch, clearing and eradicating all trace of the battle. Whatever had hurt this beautiful ship had been brutal. The damage had been deliberate and designed to turn the ship into a paralyzed meteor, it had worked. The poor baby.

She was murmuring to the ship when she reached the engine damage. "Gergar, I need some metal here." She stroked the superficial damage on the exterior of the housing and waited for the hand to tap her shoulder. She took the metal sheet blindly and held it in place, feeling it melt into the surface of the ship. She could repair anything as long as she had enough materials to patch up the holes.

"I am going to need three more of those if this engine was any indication." She clambered over the ship, keeping her focus on feeling the entirety of the ship at all times. It took her two more hours, but at last she was finished. Dizzy and terribly pleased with herself, Mala sat heavily next to the ship and turned to face her crew. Dismay filled her.

"You know, if I hadn't seen it for myself, I never would have believed it."

The Selna from the ship leaned on one of the pylons and played with one of the chunks of metal she had been using to reconstitute the engines.

"The report was quite insistent that she was capable of it. I am glad to see that it was not exaggerated." The pilot was smiling.

Whatever race she was from was in Mala's own makeup. She could feel kinship with the strange pale creature with its wide eyes and cheerful grin. Her crew was huddled together near the door, mouths gagged and arms and tail confined. "Let them go and tell me what you want."

The beautiful Selna moved close to her and whispered, "We want you."

Living life on Kaddaka station was predictable and profitable. Mala's talent for undetectable repairs has made her quite wealthy and the station quite popular. When a Reflex ship comes in hot, out of control and unable to stop, she is the woman for the job. The job itself is an audition for the Sector Guard, but unless Mala is successful the passengers of the ship will never be able to tell her the good news. Isabi has been less than enthusiastic about meeting his new partner, until he sees her. Suddenly his interest is peaked. She doesn't seem to notice the pheromones that he exudes and she certainly doesn't fawn all over him. This woman may be worthy of her position as his partner, and he will not have her working with anyone else. Their talents make them the perfect team, now he just has to prove it to her.
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Frisk

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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An Enforcer turned Peacekeeper, Lera has to deal with the shift to Guardian Liaison and lover.   Lera...
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An Enforcer turned Peacekeeper, Lera has to deal with the shift to Guardian Liaison and lover.
 
Lera has been through a few jobs since she left Terra. First, she was in training, then an Enforcer on alien worlds and now she is part of the Peacekeeper-Enforcer exchange program, dealing with the daily drudgery of being a beat cop in her small sector of a strange city.
When she comes to the attention of a Guardian, she knows that he is the one she has been waiting for. The quandary comes when she has to decide exactly how much of his destiny she is willing to reveal.
Lance uses his skill to create weapons from metal and disable his enemies. The small Terran captures his senses, but what can he do to get her within his grasp and keep her there?
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Frost and Fyr

Written By: Viola Grace
Published By: Extasy Books
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Fire elemental Fehniel of Hickom knows that her friends have found true love. The wolf in her knows that this fros...
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Fire elemental Fehniel of Hickom knows that her friends have found true love. The wolf in her knows that this frost giant is her mate, but the fire elemental in her wants to fight him all the way. Tynir knows that she is meant for him, but her calculating mind may be more than he can handle when it comes to keeping her safe. Unprepared when he sees the real her, he has to make a choice, run like hell, or fight to keep a woman who makes his cold blood run hot.
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Gadget

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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A cyborg Terran, a star ship and a Guardian with more than protection on his mind make for a peculiar union that g...
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A cyborg Terran, a star ship and a Guardian with more than protection on his mind make for a peculiar union that grows stronger with time.

Gadget enjoys being a member of Guardian Transport, but when her mission is changed from transport to diplomatic escort, she adapts quickly. She knows that the Guardian coming on board is her destiny, but how long can she make him wait to prove it?

Shatter has been waiting for his Terran, and now that he is on her ship, he has no inclination to do anything other than sway her to his way of thinking.

The Dark Fairy is a symbiotic ship, and knowing that her pilot has a mate, she does everything she can to put the two together, but what do ships know about mating?
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Gamble

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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A woman with a bad attitude, a ship with extreme patience and a Guardian who is rescued from a brothel by his clie...
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A woman with a bad attitude, a ship with extreme patience and a Guardian who is rescued from a brothel by his client. Let the fun ensue.

Kora was born broken. Her body cracked at the slightest touch and the Alliance offered her a chance at an actual life, with some conditions. Rebuilt, redesigned and bonded to a very patient ship, Kora flies from world to world picking up and dropping off whatever the Guardians need.
Neuro has been working undercover in a brothel, gaining intel with pillow talk. Kora is sent in to recover him, and she does it with her own personal style. Once she has taken him to her ship, she has a problem. What does she do with him now? Odds are, he won’t like it.
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Garden

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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A woman with a green thumb rescues a man with silver everything, and a ship watches the sparks fly as the two meet...
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A woman with a green thumb rescues a man with silver everything, and a ship watches the sparks fly as the two meet their destiny.
 

Garden has been called in on a rescue and she carries it out without any second thoughts. With her weapons all in the biological range and her body the pinnacle of genetic manipulation, she is ready for anything.

Mercury is a Guardian mistaken for a robot on a planet that fears technology. Pinned in place and not wanting to hurt the locals, he waits for a rescue and is shocked to find it in the purple-haired woman with the twinkling eyes.

 Together, they face attacks and decide that their destiny is worth pursuing. Together.

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Gargoyles in the Round

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: The Nexus Chronicles #3
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Finally at ease with her newly discovered talent, Abby is ready to face her public. The magical public that is. A...

A large part of her still melted whenever she saw him, but with his council related absences, she had started to guard herself against his comings and goings. Miranda's trial had been weighing on his mind, his previous relationship with Randi colouring his new arrangement with Abby. It was a confusing situation, but as she drifted through her house and went to watch the goings on around her car, her heart warmed to see Xander directing the gnomes on how to change the oil and check the coolant.

The distinct tingle of magic that she felt whenever she saw the Safety Warlock ran though her. "So, how is the car, will she make the trip?"

"Why do you call it a she?"

"Because her name is Bluebell." Abby walked up to stroke the fender and the hatch of her battered station wagon. The magic jumped into the car.

Xander looked at her accusingly. "Was that necessary?"

"If we want her to take us down south, yes."

"Well, the gnomes wouldn't fit in my car unless we put them in the trunk and I don't think that is an option, is it?"

"Wow. You are a smart fella." He stood and wiped his hands on a rag as he approached her. He swept her into an embrace as he leaned her back against Bluebell.

Physically, his interest in her had no relation to her being the Nexus, but emotionally, he was distant. She shrugged and pressed herself against him from chest to knees. "Is that a wrench in your pocket or are you happy to see me?"

"Harby has the wrench."

The kiss he laid on her was enough to heat her blood, it was also enough to start spontaneous repairs of Bluebell's leprous hide. The car was going to be able to fly if he didn't stop doing that thing with his hands around her waist. Being with him gave her the feeling of being delicate and dainty. Dainty was something she had never before achieved.

"How is it that the gnomes know more about your car than I do?"

"They read the Haynes Manual. I found it under my bed a few days ago. Since Harby still had my keys, it wasn't too much of an issue for me. I wasn't worried about them taking it apart since I obviously couldn't drive it."

He leaned back and scowled. "The keys that I used to get into the car so we could open the hood?"

"Yup. Those keys. Harby ate them the day of the car bomb." Her grin was evil and she knew it. "I haven't seen them since."

He groaned. "Can I give them to you now?" He reached into his pocket and pulled the keys out. He jerked his hand back as Angel immediately darted from underneath the car to snatch them. Small scratches marred his skin as he brought his hand to his chest.

"Apparently the little buggers don't trust me not to blow up." He scuttled away with the keys clutched to his chest but the gargoyle didn't eat them, for which she was thankful.

"They are protective of you, almost to a ridiculous degree, but I do warn you that the summit is going to be a somewhat challenging environment for them. You may want to try and confine them to your room for some of the larger events."

"Well, as the current Nexus, where I go, my creatures go." His distraction was making her insular and weird. She wanted something familiar with her at all times. "I am practicing that phrase because I get the feeling that I am going to need it."

He laughed.

For just a moment she saw the man that she had fallen head over heels for. The man who had been subdued since she mentioned that her power was evolving. She didn't know what was going through his head, but before too long, she was going to get tired of this dance, even if a dance was what had drawn them together to begin with. A sharp peck on his lips and she squirmed free. "I have to check on Seesee and the little ones. Who knows what they are going to consider evening wear?"

He barked out a short laugh.

She smiled as she went back inside. It was safer to be out of his vicinity, her home was already opening the door before she touched it. The extra energy was bleeding off into her house and it liked it. Number thirteen Oak Point Way was getting a life of its own.

Finally at ease with her newly discovered talent, Abby is ready to face her public. The magical public that is. A Summit has been arranged and everyone who is anyone or anything will be there. Using her celebrity is an uncomfortable situation for her, but with the Oak Point Guard at her side, as well as her creatures, she is prepared to get through anything, even the trial of her arch nemesis. With the panels and festivities contrasting sharply with the solemnity of the trial, Abby feels torn in too many directions. Can the relationship she has with Xander survive meeting his family, or will social pressures drive them apart? Will the gnomes and gargoyles behave, or will Abby be called in by Hotel Specter security? Find out in Gargoyles in the Round.
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Gaze

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Terran Times #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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Shiver is perfect, Gaze is new to vision and there is nothing wrong with what she sees when she gets him out of hi...
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Shiver is perfect, Gaze is new to vision and there is nothing wrong with what she sees when she gets him out of his armour.
Gaze has recently discovered the joy of vision and the scientists gave her every type that they could think of. She is partnered with the Blue Fairy, and together, they retrieve Guardians in diplomatic service and drop them at their next destination.
Shiver is a multi-shifter who knows his ideal woman when he sees her. Too bad she has no idea what he truly is or has she seen straight through his disguise and his armour.
The Blue Fairy is a perky and helpful ship with her mind on getting her pilot a mate and keeping him in good working order. Work. Work. Work.
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Getting Lucky

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Sisters of Silverwood #1
Published By: Extasy Books
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When magic began to flee the earth 300 years ago a council of magical beings prepared for its resurgence. It was d...
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When magic began to flee the earth 300 years ago a council of magical beings prepared for its resurgence. It was determined that the next generation of magic would be placed in the hands of the Wild Hunt, a group of warriors of elven descent who rode through the night under the aegis of Artemis, one of the oldest magical creatures in existence. The elves of light argued that they should once again be the guardians, but the other races disagreed. Their guardianship consisted of seducing the new mages and then abandoning the pregnant women for fairie lovers. The word of the council was final and they created a place in the new world for the Wild Hunt to rest and begin to move with the pulse of the new land beneath them. Now, the ladies are coming into their power and Lucky is the first to meet her guardian and 'perfect' man. No matter how hard she tries, the attraction to her new companion is drawing her in in an inexorable wave. If only the light elf would stop trying to sabotage their wobbly relationship and let them have some privacy, Henry…just might Get Lucky.
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Ghosting the Hero

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Tales of the Citadel #43
Published By: Extasy Books
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Astral projection is great, but taking possession of a Guardian half a universe away is a job for a hero, not a gh...
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Astral projection is great, but taking possession of a Guardian half a universe away is a job for a hero, not a ghost.
Simry enjoyed her escape from a world of shunning and rules that did not apply to her. Life in the Citadel could be difficult, but it had its rewards in the shape of education and friendships.
Being asked to seek out a Guardian and keep him sane from dozens of worlds away was one of the hardest assignments she had ever taken on, and it was also the most rewarding. She rescued the Guardian’s soul, kept his spirits up and made sure that he was able to survive until physical help could arrive.
N’kad was on the edge of giving up when the ghost entered his mind and took over his situation by lodging herself in his soul. The stranger in his mind was brash, annoying, and yet, she kept his attention every moment that she was with him. He would travel quite a way for a woman like that. She was his hero, after all.
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Gift of Wyora

Written By: Viola Grace
Published By: Extasy Books
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When Terran Rescue Pilot Theodora Dawson uses the strength of her mind to save a stranger, she had no idea that th...
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When Terran Rescue Pilot Theodora Dawson uses the strength of her mind to save a stranger, she had no idea that the stranger would take full advantage of the link. Now, tied to the lady Norsa through emotional bonds she cannot break, she finds herself in a love triangle, a whirl of formal events and fighting for her own life. Only Altius is willing to help keep her from losing her mind, body and soul, but will his psychic touch translate into the physical relations that Theo wants? Only his mind will tell.
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Gnomes of Suburbia

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: The Nexus Chronicles #1
Published By: Devine Destinies
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Abby wants a new life, but magic was never on the agenda. Her new neighbours are great, if you like mermaids, were...

“Abby. Abby, close the mirror.” The voice seemed so far away and she was trapped in the cupboard.

A sharp jolt to her hand and the viewer snapped shut. Abby blinked in astonishment at what she had seen, felt and heard. “Holy crap.” He leaned over her and took the viewer from her hand. Contact was minimal, but she still managed to keep her power to herself.

“I am surprised that it took you that powerfully.”

He still kept his hands free of her as she wobbled to her feet and that act of separation made her grit her teeth. “I had to jump start the mechanism, it may be a little stronger now until you work the charge off it.” She settled back in on the sofa and took another slug of the lemonade. “Who knew that a seal could be that angry?”

He was putting the viewer back and turned to her in shock. “A seal?”

“Yeah. It was a seal’s soul trapped in that painting. A small magus sealed it in there after he found the seal almost dead on the beach. He then had a clown painted on the treated sealskin. He wanted people to be as scared of clowns as he was.” She relaxed back and let the images she had seen wash over her. It was a small child’s frustration and humiliation that drove him to create that painting. That he had control of enough magic to do it was just another tool for his plan.

“Seriously? A child did that?”

“Yeah, in the late sixties or so.”

“Do you know who it was?”

“No. But with the upped charge, you should be able to investigate. And the reason he attacked Laura was that she smelled a bit like a piece of herring. What seal could resist?” She kept her eyes closed as she heard him pick up the viewer and move to the painting again.

A few short moments later he closed the tool with a snap. “Sonofabitch. It was so simple and yet I couldn’t see it.”

“I am betting that it happens a lot with older mechanisms that rely on magic. But back to the reason I am on your couch. I need to know about what I am.” She didn’t have any room to put her feet up on his coffee table so she kicked off her shoes and curled her feet up on the couch.

“You are a Nexus.”

“Yeah, but why did the council put all of you here?” This question had been bugging her. “And who the heck is on the council anyway?”

“The council is a group of elected officials from the differing magical races that have survived to modern day.” He answered the second question first and crossed his own legs in the lotus position on the other couch.

Oh, he is limber. This has possibilities.

“The last few times a Nexus has been found, it has been drained dry by whoever found it and has died shortly after. We didn’t want that to happen to you.”

“We? Who is we?”

“Your new neighbours here on Oak Point Way. Each of us volunteered to be here as a type of an honour guard. If you can learn to control your dispensation of magic, you will live a long and healthy life.”

“And if I don’t?”

“You will sputter and burn out like a candle and there will be nothing we can do to help you. You carry the seeds of your own survival or destruction within you.”

Abby took a deep sip of her lemonade. “Wow, that is a heavy conversation killer. Okay. The next question is, why is the energy signature on my gnomes changing color?”

“Really? So quickly?”

“Uh, yeah. So. what is doing it?”

“As living things take on your energy, they convert it for their own use. The more they live, the faster they change. The tree for example will metabolize the energy that you gave it and your magic will be irretrievable from that point on.”

“Okay. So as long as it is still my energy, I can pull it back?”

“That is the theory. I don’t know of any cases where the Nexus was able to do it extensively though. That is why you need the training that I am offering you.”

She sighed heavily. “What exactly would this training entail?”

“Every morning when your energy is at its peak you will come over and I will give you exercises to enhance your control over your energies.“ Xander rose and moved to a side cabinet, the drawer that he opened yielded a seven-foot strand of pearls. “These pearls are a good outlet for your extra energy. You can fill them up one at a time and use them to relieve the overflow to prevent accidents like the one that struck Laura.”

Abby wrapped the pearls around her hand and hefted them. They were not light. “I am supposed to haul these things around with me?”

“Well, they will give you a place to put your extra energy. It’s your choice.” He crossed his arms and scowled.

How could she not find that sexy? Her power ramped up again and she filled three pearls in a few seconds.

Then three more as he stated, “I want to see you first thing in the morning, every morning until we get this under control.”

She would like to see him first thing in the morning, after they had spent the night tangling the sheets. Five more pearls. “Fine. I will be over here first thing in the morning tomorrow.”

“Excellent. I look forward to working this out with you. I will be here to help you out as long as it takes.” He took her hand in his and looked deeply into her eyes.

Ten more pearls. Oh, to hell with it. She jumped forward and locked her lips with his. It was just as fantastic as the first time, but this time she had him at a disadvantage and he took a moment to react. He reacted with passion and she was halfway through the necklace before she was able to break the contact. “Wow. Okay. We can’t do that again. Or we can’t do that again today. But I would definitely like to do that again. But not when we are working on extending my expiration date.”

His grin was devilish. “Done. The instant that you are firmly in control of the power, we have a date.”

She extended her hand and he shook it. “We have a deal. What is your official job title by the way?”

He was escorting her out and he gently pinched her backside as he gave her a light shove out the door. “I am the Safety Warlock. Do you feel safe?”

Abby wants a new life, but magic was never on the agenda. Her new neighbours are great, if you like mermaids, werewolves, and medusi. Adapting to her role in the neighbourhood is tricky as it involves pulling magic between dimensions, but the garden gnomes that she animated try to help when they can. The warlock next door is also a problem, every time he gets near her, her power goes berserk. When a stalker joins the crew and tries to end Abby’s new career the hard way, her life is danger and the neighbours are up in arms.
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Going Under

Written By: Viola Grace
Series: Atlantis Allure #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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Transformation into a merwoman with a fiancé brings a new meaning to getting wet.   Ariana sig...
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Transformation into a merwoman with a fiancé brings a new meaning to getting wet.
 
Ariana signed away her rights to her own life and finds herself changed in every way. Growing gills is hard enough, but adapting to life under water takes more nerve than she thought.
Javil has requested Ariana as his wife because she fits his ideal image of the woman he wants for life. When he meets the woman transformed at his request into a water breather he has to admit, he has great taste.
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